Botetourt County prepares to celebrate 250th Anniversary

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BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — It looks like 2020 will be a busy year in Botetourt County as the community prepares to kick off its 250th Anniversary celebrations.

County officials say that the first sestercentennial event will take place Saturday, Feb. 1 at Lord Botetourt High School from 3 to 5 p.m. in honor of the first day that business was conducted in the new county in 1770.

According to the 250th Anniversary Committee, this event will be open to the entire community and feature musical performances from local students and members of a church choir; historical orations and artifacts; displays from all four county libraries; and presentations from the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Department, Botetourt County EMS, and the Boy Scouts. The celebration will wrap up with a traditional birthday party and the presentation of a new magazine in honor of the sestercentennial.

Botetourt County and various organizations will host more events throughout the year, but the 250th Anniversary Committee already announced several events coming up in the next few months.

  • On March 28 and March 29, Danny Kyle and the Fincastle/Montgomery County Militia will show visitors an interpretation of how people lived in the early days of Botetourt County with the 18th Century Encampment at Greenfield.
  • From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 30, the county will host a ceremony to place a monument on the grounds of the Botetourt County Courthouse in honor of the 250th Anniversary. This free event will feature food trucks, music, presentations, tours of the museum and historic buildings, and other forms of entertainment.
  • Rena Worthen and Greg Rieley with the Botetourt County Genealogy Club are taking the lead in the educational yet entertaining Botetourt County Genealogy and History Fair on July 9 through July 12 at Breckinridge Elementary School.
  • In honor of present-day Botetourt County, a free celebration will take place at the Blue Ridge Vineyard in Eagle Rock from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 20. This will be a kid-friendly event featuring local food trucks and music from the band Stone Canyon.

“The year 2020 will be a busy and interesting time for our county,” says the 250th Anniversary Committee. “Botetourt County is fortunate to have so many people who are knowledgeable about its rich history and are willing to share their time and talents to educate others. It is an exciting time in Botetourt County as we honor our history, enjoy our present, and shape our future.”

Any additional events celebrating the sestercentennial can be found here.

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